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Monday, 7 March 2016

Review: My Sister is a Superhero

Damon Young and Peter Carnavas are slowly but surely creating the perfect picture book family! First, we had My Nanna is a Ninja, then came My Pop is a PirateNow it's time to meet the little sister. And she's a superhero!

Just like the other two books in the series, Damon Young's wackily inventive rhyming text is perfectly matched by Peter Carnavas's character-filled illustrations. Every page oozes warmth and humour. The cameo appearances by Nanna, Pop and a whole host of animal characters only add to the fun.

I love the word play — 'Some sisters dream of dragons flying dazzling dragonflies' — that is then so beautifully brought to life in the accompanying pictures. After all, when you think about it, it's only logical that dragons should fly on dragonflies!

But this book captured my heart with its final spread. While some sisters might dream of 'lions sipping tea by silver lakes' and others might dream of 'dwarves digging chocolate inside cakes', this very special superhero sister doesn't spend her evenings dreaming. Instead, she takes her little brother flying across the city as she reads him 'stories in the skies' … and he ever so gently … falls … asleep …

This is a gorgeous bedtime story, or anytime story. And I'm already looking forward to this time next year when I'll hopefully meet the next family member!

Title: My Sister is a Superhero
Author: Damon Young
Illustrator: Peter Carnavas
Publisher: UQP, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: March 2016
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780702253928
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book

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